2022 Italian Grand Prix FP2 report and highlights: Sainz leads Verstappen and Leclerc in second Monza practice session

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Carlos Sainz kept Ferrari at the top of the timesheets during Friday’s second practice session for the Italian Grand Prix, equaling Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.

Sainz clocked 1m 21.664s to lead Verstappen by 0.143s, with FP1 pacesetter Charles Leclerc half-a-tenth further back in third – having run narrowly into Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel under braking for the initial harassment late in the session.

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Verstappen could have threatened Sainz for the P1 spot, but a fierce lock-up in Turn 1 at the start of his soft-shoe run forced him to retire and go again – losing valuable performance from the rubber in the process.

In any case, Verstappen and Sainz are two of several drivers who will take grid penalties on Sunday, amid various power unit and gearbox component changes up and down the pit lane.

Lando Norris was an eye-catching fourth-fastest for McLaren, a year after the team’s memorable one-two, ahead of Mercedes-leading George Russell.

Amid questions about his recent form, Sergio Perez finished more than half a second behind team-mate Verstappen in sixth, followed by the second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton – who reported an “unsteady” feeling in his W13.

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Alpine drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso were closely matched in eighth and ninth respectively, while the Williams of Alex Albon rounded out the top 10.

Daniel Ricciardo – last year’s Italian Grand Prix winner – finished the opening day in 11th place ahead of Alfa Romeo pair Zhou Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas and the AlphaTauris of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda – the latter under investigation for allegedly failing to brake under yellow flags.

FP2 Highlights: Italian Grand Prix 2022

Kevin Magnussen was the only Haas in action for most of the session on his way to 16th after teammate Mick Schumacher stopped in the middle sector at the halfway mark – a power unit problem that was subsequently confirmed.

As such, Schumacher finished with just nine laps for the day, having sat out the opening practice session to give Ferrari-backed Antonio Giovinazzi some extra kilometres.

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Vettel was another to return to action after Nyck de Vries got a run in his Aston Martin in FP1, with the four-time champion coming in 17th ahead of teammate Lance Stroll.

Nicholas Latifi was 19th in the second Williams, more than a second behind high-flying team-mate Albon, as the aforementioned Schumacher brought up the rear.

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